- Apr 7, 2014
it is of course both, faith and works, takes both. James tells us faith without works is dead. We show our faith by our works!
"Faith without works is dead" does not mean that faith is dead until it produces works and then it becomes a living faith or that works are the source of life in faith or that we are saved by works. That's like saying a tree is dead until it produces fruit and then it becomes a living tree and the fruit is the source of life in the tree. A living tree and not a dead tree produces fruit, just as a living faith, not a dead faith produces works.
*James is simply saying faith that is not accompanied by evidential works is dead. If someone says-claims he has faith but lacks resulting evidential works, then he demonstrates that he has an empty profession of faith/dead faith and not authentic faith. (James 2:14-20)
*James is discussing the evidence of faith (says-claims to have faith but has no works/I will show you my faith by my works - James 2:14-18), not the initial act of being accounted as righteous with God (Romans 4:2-3).
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